Date(s) - 05/01/2016 - 06/30/2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dickinson County Nature Center
Explorer, photographer, sailor — David Thoreson has had adventures all around the world, but he always ends up back home.
Growing up in a small town in Iowa, Thoreson learned to sail and loved the waters of the Iowa Great Lakes as a boy. Images on display May-June in the eARTh exhibit area at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji will show his passion for the environment around northwest Iowa and throughout the world.
The exhibit, titled Discover Nature By Searching for Birds, will feature all-new photos of great blue herons, osprey and trumpeter swans that will make people think more about the beauty around them.
“I want people to explore their local environments, in essence, explore their world,” Thoreson said. “That’s what photography makes you do.”
Thoreson has had an interest in photography since he was a child, and he has been taking pictures as long as he can remember.
“After considering other careers, I decided photography matched my love of nature and the outdoors with sailing the world’s oceans,” he said. “People know me because I am a sailor who has taken extreme adventures through the Arctic and speak about climate change. Having a good story to go with the photographs adds to the depth of the visual art.”
You can hear Thoreson speak about his images on display at the nature center during an opening reception to be held in his honor 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 12. Thoreson will give a presentation beginning at 6 p.m.
He will also teach people how to create their own visual stories during his class 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Dickinson County Nature Center. The Explore Nature and Tell Your Story class will combine aspects of visualization, photographic composition and storytelling.
Students high-school age or older should have a basic understanding of photography. Participants should bring a camera — anything from a smartphone to a DSLR and lenses — as well as a tablet or laptop with power cords to work on a digital presentation. Some knowledge of Powerpoint or Keynote will also be helpful for registrants.
The class costs $50 and has a minimum of six students to be held and a maximum of 15 students. Registration is available at www.dickinsoncountynaturecenter.com/event-registration. Participants also may drop off their class payments, made out to David Thoreson, during nature center open hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday (through Memorial Day weekend) or 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (starting Memorial Day weekend).
Thoreson’s photos in the nature center exhibit will be for sale, ranging from $300-$600. Thoreson sells limited copies of his photographs, no more than 20 of each image, so you are guaranteed to have a unique item if you make a purchase.
“We are very excited to have such a talented photographer exhibit and teach at the Dickinson County Nature Center,” said community relations coordinator Kiley Roth. “His images are stunning and tell such a powerful story about the importance of the environment. We can’t wait for people to come in to see Thoreson’s work.”
For more information on Thoreson, including information on his book “Over the Horizon,” visit davidthoreson.com.